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The Black Out Blinds Cometh

I love this book, it's a bedtime favourite

So after what felt like months of 5.30 am wake ups from our youngest daughter, I decided to get black out blinds for the landing window. This is because said daughter refuses to have her door closed, she shakes in fear if she thinks I’m going to close it. It never gets closed. So the [...]

Bedtime stories

Lately we have a bedtime story routine. Tilly gets Peepo, Each Peach Pear Plum and Dear Zoo. I do vary it occasionally but kids like routine don’t they? Knowing what’s coming next makes them feel safe and I know it’ll work (clearly it’s entirely selfish).  At the moment Eliza gets The Smartest Giant in Town, [...]

Lately we have a bedtime story routine. Tilly gets Peepo, Each Peach Pear Plum and Dear Zoo. I do vary it occasionally but kids like routine don’t they? Knowing what’s coming next makes them feel safe and I know it’ll work (clearly it’s entirely selfish).  At the moment Eliza gets The Smartest Giant in Town, [...]

The story fairy, Priscilla and her mate Belinda

“Don’t want to go bed. Not tired Mummy.” Eliza screams at me as soon as I have finished putting to bed an apoplectic Tilly (something in the water today clearly). She was revving up and I tried various distractions that all failed. But I remained calm. “Goodness me I nearly forgot to tell you about [...]

But why Mummy?

‘”George was a giant, the scruffiest giant in town, he always wore the same pair of old brown sandals and same old patched up gown.”‘ “Why Mummy?” “Er, because they were his clothes” “‘I wish I wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town’ said George sadly.”‘ “Why Mummy?” “Well, he didn’t want to be scruffy darling, [...]

The bedtime routine: part 2 in which I attempt to impart some wisdom

Long ago, in a galaxy far away (yes I’ve used that line before, but the old ones are the best), I was a carefree young woman, who suffered occasionally from insomnia.  I know.  Crazy to think that now isn’t it.  Insomnia is a condition whereby your mind and/or body prevents you sleeping and getting your [...]

The Bedtime Routine

“Come on darling up the stairs, time for a Fireman Sam story” Toddler is stalling on the bottom step.  Gone all floppy and not wanting to go upstairs. “No Mummy not yet” “Yes you have to go up the stairs or the botty snapper will get you”  (this was inherited from my childhood, I realise [...]